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26 May 2017

a little anti-haul.


I am loving everyone's anti-haul posts and I've been reading them avidly, so I knew I was gonna have to do one of my own. If you've not seen one - it's basically describing the things you wouldn't buy. In a blogging world where we always talk about the things you would buy, sometimes it's nice to hear the exact opposite. Don't get me wrong, I love seeing everyone else's recommendations, but occasionally it's nice to get a bit of relief. It all started with Kimberly Clarke on YouTube so full credit to her, but I first saw it on Rebecca's blog.

So without further ado, here are a few of the things I wouldn't be buying. 

Pixi Double Cleanse

This is a bit of a cheat as I've just finished a pot of it, so I have bought it, but I have to say I doubt I'd ever buy it again. I loved the idea of having a two in one - a cleansing balm and a cream cleanser - but in reality, it just wasn't that great. The balm was nowhere near as great as my favourite from Clinique, and the cream was no better than a vaguely cheap one I use. You get the same amounts of both, but you're expected to use only the balm at night but the cream in the morning and night, meaning you run out of one quicker than the other. The only time I've really liked this product was when I've travelled anywhere because it cut down on packaging and carrying two items rather than one. For me, it was just massively over hyped. 

Cold Shoulders

I don't know whether it's just because I'm getting on a bit or what, but I just don't get it. I spend half my life feeling cold and desperately trying to warm up, so why would I want to buy something that is literally described as cold? Also, I have broad shoulders - "swimmer's shoulders" - and I just can't see them working for me. Plus I swear I spend too much time internet window shopping and seeing cold shoulder tees and thinking: "oh if only I could sew up those shoulders..."


Does anyone have those weird things that rationally they know make no sense? Like, I can't have a shower unless I've brushed my teeth, no exception. I'm the same with anything going near my neck, I feel like I'm choking even though of course, I'm not. I even feel suffocated if I see someone else with a neck tattoo, I think I'd probably conk out if I had to wear a choker. 


I mean holes in t-shirts especially. Jeans I can just about handle, but I don't understand why I would want to buy a t-shirt that looks like it's been attacked by moths in a wardrobe. Old? Me? Yep, probably. 

Liz Earle Products

I once had some samples of Liz Earle stuff and nothing has ever broken me out quite like them. If I bought them I'd go back to looking like the massively spotty teen I was ten years ago. I can think of much more enjoyable ways to get spots (a ridiculous amount of chocolate, pizza and alcohol for example) rather than spending God knows how much on a cleanser. 


For some reason, my ASOS recommendations are full of sliders and I feel like they're desperately trying to push them on to me. They just look like the middle aged man version of flip flops to me, I just don't geddit.

Anything you agree with? What wouldn't you buy?


24 May 2017

drinking at the rumpus room | the southbank.

 rumpus room southbank london view

I'm not the biggest fan of living in London - something I've mentioned on this blog many times before. However, there is always an exception to the rule, and my exception is that the one absolutely brilliant thing about London is that there is always somewhere new to find somewhere amazing to have a cocktail in. I'm a big fan of cocktails - I think it's the variety of choice, I'm like a kid in a sweet shop.

Also, if I'm being kind to London, it would be hard to ignore how brilliant the city can be when the sun is shining and you find yourself on a roof terrace overlooking the brilliant buildings the city has to offer. 

22 May 2017

that was the week that was: zwei

This week I'm reading...well, this week I've just finished two books which is pretty unusual for me as I never find the time to read, but having just got back from a trip to Ibiza where all I did was flop down on a beach all day I can cross two off my list. I finished off Jess Philips' book Everywoman, which I'm 100% 50/50 about. I really can't decide whether I hated it or loved it. I also read Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans which I know I hated. It's just been turned into a film - "Their Finest" - which I think I might like, but the book was incredibly dull and I couldn't wait for it to be over. 

This week I'm researching...things to do in London for when I finally move back there. If anyone has any ideas then please throw them my way, I'm all ears. 

This week I'm nursing....a bad case of sunburn. I've been so careful in the sun for the past ten years I've barely suffered with sun burn at all but I massively fucked up on holiday and only took factor 20 with me. It's safe to say I could have done with factor 50 at least. Now I have to spend most of my time with a peeling nose and an itchy back, all of which is completely my own fault.

This week I'm drinking...quite a few cocktails to be honest. Look out for a few more bar reviews from recent places I've visited in London, even if the pictures will be a little dodgy. Here's to bringing back iPhone photography on blogs, that's my only excuse. 

This week I'm looking forward to...spending some time with my Granny before she goes on holiday to see her brother in Devon. She's honestly one of the best people in the world, and since my Grandad died last year nothing has been the same. I want to spend as much time as possible with her because she means the absolute world to me. 

This week I'm worrying about...starting driving lessons. I mentioned last week that I'd be starting, and I've managed to find an instructor that will give me some pretty intensive courses over a week's period. It's been nearly nine years since I was last attempting to be behind the wheel of a car and when I told my Dad that I'd be doing some lessons, he spent a lot of time laughing. My Mum, bless her, has also insured me on her brand new car that she possibly loves more than she loves me, so that could quite easily end in tears. 

This week I'm loving...a few new Body Shop products which I've got hold of. I've really started to like their skincare range and I'm a big fan of their cream cleansers, so I've decided I'm going to branch out and give a couple of their serums a try too. 

This week I'm watching...all of the soaps I missed last week when I was on holiday. I'm one episode down on A Murder in the Family on Channel 4 and I'm already hooked, and my Mum keeps nagging me to watch Three Girls too, so there's a lot to get round to!

What are you up to this week?


19 May 2017

a coffee at scooter caffe | london.

scooter cafe lower marsh

scooter cafe lower marsh

Weirdly, one of the things I miss about living in Holland is that there always seemed to be cats in bars. Two of my regular haunts in Leiden both had resident cats that would ignore you no matter how much you tried to give them some love. This doesn't seem to happen as much in London, which is a real shame when you live on a busy road that can't justify having a cat and have a landlord that won't allow cats but you still realllllly want one. So when you do find a place in London that has not one, but three resident cats you know it's probably going to be a pretty special place. 

Scooter Cafe on Waterloo's Lower Marsh is that place. It's one of those places that doesn't have a website, that you only find by randomly walking past one day when you're already in search of a coffee. A happy coincidence. 

scooter cafe lower marsh

scooter cafe lower marsh

The decor of this place means it almost feels a little odd hidden away on a street in Waterloo. It seems like it would make more sense to be somewhere which is too cool for me, like Shoreditch. But Scooter has a history which means it makes sense - it used to be a scooter workshop where Vespa owners over time have grabbed a coffee whilst they waited for their scooter to be fixed. Now the workshop has moved to Bermondsey and just the coffee remains. 

It should be mentioned that they do have an antique coffee machine, which means that sometimes you might have to wait for the hot water to heat up (not a place if you're in a hurry) and that there aren't all that many seats. 

scooter cafe lower marsh

scooter cafe lower marsh

I ordered a mocha and was warned that it was served Italian style and that it would be thick. They weren't joking - this has to have been the thickest and the sweetest mocha I have ever had in my life. Definitely not an every day drink unless I want to end up the size of a house. A massive treat for a slow Saturday afternoon! They also have a small selection of cakes on offer, when I was there it was ginger cake for the day, but my mocha was already sweet enough. 

Scooter Caffe also doubles up as a bar, you can grab a wide selection of beers and a small selection of cocktails too. 

scooter cafe lower marsh

The only downside of Scooter is that it's probably not the cleanest place in the world. I'm sure it passes its hygiene tests otherwise it wouldn't be open, but it takes shabby chic to another level. Stick to the terrace outside if you're super bothered! 

Any recommendations for odd places to grab a coffee in London will always be welcome!

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